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The Gordon replaces Open Day with Information Nights

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A decision to call off Open Day in 2024 has been made based on recent data and community feedback favouring Information Nights.

The Gordon is trialling Information Nights from 6 to 8 August, using data of event attendance, applications and feedback to inform its future planning for 2025.

Compared with the TAFE’s 2023 Open Day data, Information Nights saw a 63% increase in registrations and a whopping 86% spike in course applications.

There’s no need to give up a weekend to learn more about The Gordon’s program offering and get the information you need. Information Nights are conveniently held during the working week, catering for the needs of prospective students and their families.

Melissa Ginn, who recently attended an Information Night at The Gordon, enrolled in Fee-Free TAFE studies in Youth Work.

“I normally work on weekends, so going to an information session on a weeknight works best for me.

Attending the Information Night got me excited to start my Certificate IV in Youth Work. It helped me feel comfortable with the campus location, what my course includes, career outcomes, and learning support services. I also met my teacher – she is kind, passionate about the course, and I could tell I would be supported by her”, said Melissa.

25% more prospective students attended an Information Night at The Gordon in 2023 than the Open Day.

The shift away from Open Day is also positive move in the eyes of teachers.

“August is a busy month and can be overwhelming for future students with Victorian universities, TAFE and training providers hosting open days on same weekends.

Information Nights are a great way for people to get in, ask the questions they want and get the answers they need. Join a classroom tour, meet your teachers. We’ve got presentations and demonstrations happening to help you discover your preferred industry and course area”, said Peter McKinnon, Executive Director of Growth and Student Experience.

TAFE delivers shorter courses and the hands-on skills, experience and qualifications for you to be job-ready and start your career sooner.

The Gordon offers a range of accreditations, including Certificates I – IV, diplomas and advanced diplomas across a broad array of industries, in addition to apprenticeships and traineeships.

Train to work in growth areas eligible for Fee-Free TAFE, such as health and science, construction trades and information and technology. A variety of hands-on learning in service-based industries and creative courses are also on offer.  

Find out more about what your future could look like by attending an Information Night at The Gordon:

  • Tuesday 6 August – Geelong City Campus
  • Wednesday 7 August – East Geelong Campus 
  • Thursday 8 August – Werribee Campus 

Session times commence at 5pm. Learn more and register your attendance.